Pack your bags because these eco-friendly travel destinations have to be seen to be believed.
Before we dive into these breathtaking travel destinations that will have you itching for your wallet, let’s explore the importance of sustainable traveling.
The Importance of Eco-Friendly Travel
The rise of sustainable travel is neither surprising nor unwelcome. The internet has opened our eyes and as a result, we’re being exposed to different cultures, cuisines, and it has infected us all with wanderlust.
Just because we travel far from what is familiar, doesn’t mean that we get to shed our promises of sustainability.
Last year the United Nations made 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
As part of the initiative, the UN has kept close tabs on how tourists are impacting major environmental issues including:
- Climate change
- Local infrastructure
- Loss of habitat
- Cultural preservation
Traveling will always be part of human nature, but we can change how we travel.
We’ve found the most beautiful eco-friendly travel destinations to consider for your next vacation.
The Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
Costa Rica is one of the most popular ecotourism destinations in the world for good reason. Not only is this Central American country stunning, but it is also home to some of the rarest flora and fauna in the world.
The Osa Peninsula claims to be the “most biologically intense” spot in the world. In fact, the peninsula alone equates to 2.5 percent of the world’s biodiversity.
Where else can you go horseback riding on the beach, explore a dense and wildly beautiful rainforest, and sit back and relax on the beach? Costa Rica’s beauty is truly unmatched.
Acapulco is known as the gem of the Mexican Riveria. This gorgeous coastal town overlooks the Pacific and offers unforgettable access to paradise. Acapulco captures the best that Mexico has to offer. Experience the tranquility and beauty of the natural landscape during the day, and slip into your favorite dancing shoes and dive into the exciting nightlife in the evenings.
Whether you’re traveling solo, with a partner, or beside family and friends, there are a variety of eco-friendly travel excursions including Laguna de Tres Palos which has been on the big screen as a filming location for some of the earliest Tarzan films.
Looking for a more aquatic adventure? Explore the Pacific coastline on barrier beaches Pie de la Cuesta and Barra de Coyuca.
In preparation for your trip, learn some common Spanish tourist phrases.
We’ve put together a short list to help you.
- My name is _____. Me llamo _____.
- Where can I find hotels in Acapulco? Donde puedo encontrar hoteles en acapulco?
- How much does this cost? Cu?nto cuesta?
For even more phrases, check out this helpful guide.
Norway’s travel motto is “Take only pictures and keep only memories.” In Norway, their philosophy is that the environment is everyone’s responsibility, including tourists.
Explore some of the most breathtaking places on the planet on eco-friendly travel tours across the country.
You can’t visit Norway without going on a fjord adventure. Geirangerfjord is a UNESCO-protected site that boasts lush landscapes, mountain peaks, and cascading waterfalls carved into the mountainside.
It’s time to start planning your fairy tale trip in the North.
Maasai Mara, Kenya
Kenya has taken a stand to become an ecotourist destination. Ecotourism Kenya (formerly the Ecotourism Society of Kenya) was established to guide sustainable tourism programs, involve communities, and maximize conservation efforts.
Maasai Mara is one of the most popular destinations in Kenya due to their great reputation, security, and wildlife.
Explore the Maasai Mara National Reserve and you may even see elephants, lions, zebra, cheetahs, and hippos!
Traveling with a Conscience
The environment is our responsibility. Whether you’re heading to a snowy valley or tropical paradise, there are so many ways we can do our part to protect our planet.
Before you pack your bags, check out these helpful tips so you can travel smart, savvy, and eco-friendly.